Jealous beautician who threw friend's baby girl 130ft to her death from high rise flats is jailed for 17 years

Jealous beautician who threw friend's baby girl 130ft to her death from high rise flats is jailed for 17 years

A JEALOUS beautician who threw her friend's baby girl 130ft to her death from a high rise apartment block in Moscow has been jailed for 17 years.

Daria Shavelkina, 31, was "envious" of her pal Yaroslava Korolyova, 30, who had a loving husband and happy family life, a court heard. 

Shavelkina, a Clarins cosmetics consultant, was pregnant at the time, and had met the other woman at her home in the Russian capital to collect secondhand baby clothes. 

When Yaroslava turned away, the beautician picked up the two-month-old girl and flung her out of the window. 

There had been no quarrel between the friends before the incident, reports of the criminal investigation said.

The tragic mother rushed down 13 floors but she found her baby lying motionless after landing on a hard surface in the yard, according to eyewitnesses. 

Paramedics pronounced the child dead upon their arrival.

Yaroslava, who has two other children, was "in deep shock" and required urgent medical assistance.

Shavelkina was detained and told police that she had "heard voices in her head" instructing her to throw the baby to her death.

She then claimed that she was mentally ill. 

But the court ruled that she had "faked" schizophrenia in an attempt to avoid responsibility for the December murder after psychiatric experts at the Serbsky Centre had examined her.

Investigative Committee official Yulia Ivanova said: "A comprehensive examination was held at the Serbsky (Centre). 

"They did not find any evidence (of mental illness). According to the experts, the woman simulated the disease."

Instead she was viewed to be "envious" of her friend's happy family life. 

Shavelkina gave birth to her child while in custody before she was convicted of the murder of a minor.

The crime carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail. 

"The Moscow City Court issued a guilty verdict in a criminal case against a 31-year-old resident of the Moscow region Daria Shavelkina," the city prosecutor's office announced.

"The court sentenced her to 17 years in prison in a general regime correctional colony."

Shavelkina was also ordered to pay 5 million roubles (£49,500) compensation to the parents of the baby girl.

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